June 27, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Joseph J. Morrone Stadium has been selected as the site of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championships, as announced by the conference this spring.
The tournament begins Nov. 8 with the quarterfinal rounds at campus sites before the semifinals (Nov. 14) and finals (Nov. 16) take place at UConn. Connecticut, which went 9-1-2 last season at home, will host the conference championships for the first time since 2007 when it defeated Notre Dame, 2-0, to win its seventh ever conference title.
The Huskies finished second in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference in 2013, defeating Southern Methodist and Central Florida to reach the championship, where they fell to South Florida in penalty kicks. UConn was the only team to not record a loss in conference play last season, as four Connecticut players earned All-Conference First Team honors.
UConn, a perennial leader in attendance each year, averaged 3,610 fans in 12 home matches last fall. The Huskies went 4-0-1 at home against conference opponents at Morrone Stadium, and finished the season with a record 12-3-8. Connecticut went on to defeat No. 1 overall seed UCLA in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament, becoming the only school to reach the quarterfinals each of the past three seasons.
The Huskies, who play preseason matches against Quinnipiac and Boston College before opening their season at home against Coast Carolina, head into this year led by National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second Team All-American Adria Beso (Lleida, Spain) and All-Conference First Team selection Sergio Campbell (Clarendon, Jamaica). Beso was seventh in the country with 10 assists last season, while Campbell has anchored a Connecticut defense that has recorded 24 shutouts over the past two years.